NEXT LEVEL – a world of video games

In 2018, the Danes used more time playing video games than reading print media. Video games have gone from being a niche technology for teenagers to a central part of everyday life with plenty of adventures, victories and defeat. In the exhibition NEXT LEVEL you can take a journey through 57 years of video game history - from the first Danish video game to one of the trophies won by the successful Danish Esports team Astralis. You can also play 25 different video games on the original machines.

Astralis has put Denmark on the map. Even though their adventure is far from over, they are now exhibited in a museum for the first time. In the exhibition you can try an official Astralis gaming chair and see their historic equipment and a trophy from one of their many victories.
Quite exceptionally the museum has also been able to borrow the first Danish video game from Bornholm's Technological Collection for this exhibition. The game NIMBI was developed by Piet Hein, a famous Danish inventor, mathematician, poet and author.


2 million horsepower were required to send Andreas Mogensen into space. After 10 weightless days, he returned to Earth at 28,000 km per hour! It doesn’t get much bigger than that.

Now you can join his journey into space, by visiting the exhibition 10 DAYS IN SPACE. Come up close and personal with Andreas Mogensen’s fascinating space capsule, which sent him into space as the first Danish astronaut. See what it’s like to be an astronaut and experience how exhilarating it is to land in a space capsule.


The exhibition is about communication and how technological objects influence the way we socialize with each other. The exhibition is centered on an everyday object we all know, namely the smartphone. By exploring the history of the smartphone, you will gain insight into the different developments and innovations that has made the invention of the smartphone possible. Inventions such as electricity, the telephone, radio, TV and computer.

The exhibition seeks to answer important questions such as: How does technology influence our life? What are the consequences of billions of people being connected through mobile units? What kind of opportunities does the technology give us in terms of how we express ourselves, seek information and entertain ourselves? How will it affect the world and our society in the future?

The history of Denmark in miniature

The model railway is made through a collaboration between the museum and a group of volunteers, who have now been working on the model for ten years. The build has now come so far that the Danish industrial history from 1847 up to 1960 can be displayed. You can, among other things, see Denmark's first railway between Copenhagen and Roskilde, a helicopter experiment by the Danish inventor Ellehammer, Novo Nordisk's first insulin factory and Ford's assembly plant from 1924.

The exhibition is constructed in a manner that makes the model railway able to truly show itself in the best way possible. The light shifts between day and night, and in the ceiling, you can admire a selection of the museum's collection of model planes. You can also experience the finest model trains from the museum's collection – among these, the famous “Crocodile” that Märklin produced during the interwar period. The Crocodile is regarded as one of the finest models of a train that has ever been produced, and it is a very popular collector's item.

The volunteers are still working on the model railway, and every Saturday the workshop is open, and you can see the volunteers' progress and have a chat about trains, railways and buildings.

Industry: from crafts to robots

The exhibition shows some of the decisive moments in Denmark's development as an industrial society: From the time where everything was made by craftsmen, through the early industrialization and the post-war period, till the contemporary automation where robots play a huge role.

In the exhibition you will meet the tinker who represents the traditional craftsmen, see steam engines that laid the foundation for Denmark's industrialization, the production line that was the result of many years of streamlining production, and finally industrial robots that on the one hand have replaced manpower and on the other hand constitute a prerequisite for Denmark still being an industrial country.

J.C.H. Ellehammer

Jacob Christian Hansen Ellehammer (1871-1946) is Denmark's most famous inventor. He was granted 59 Danish patents and worked with a range of different things such as aviation, engines, boats for the amusement park Tivoli, firefighting and entertainment devices. His last patent was for a knife intended for cutting up slaughtered pigs.

In the exhibition you can experience Ellehammer's plane with folding wings, his helicopter with two rotors, a model of the system Extrico - which was used for saving cows, a collar that prevents strangulation from behind, radial engines, the pump that can transform a Ford T into a fire fighting vehicle and much more.

Some of Ellehammer's inventions became commercial successes, others were only an idea on a piece of paper. He is best known for his aviation experiments in 1906, however, it was his firefighting equipment that laid the groundwork for the company Ellehammer A/S which still exists today.

FLYING HIGH – from fantasy to real planes

In the exhibition, the fantastic story about the invention and breakthrough of a new technology is told. From the very first myths and dreams about aviation to the commercial airliners that became a reality in the interwar period. Today, aviation is regarded as a natural part of our everyday lives and many people were surprised to realize that an Islandic ash cloud could obstruct air travel.

In 1910, it was completely different. Back then, aviation was new and exciting, and the Danes loved to look at young daredevils who risked their lives in tenuous planes of wood and linen with an unstable engine. The newspapers described the height and distance for the flights that were made, and when Alfred Nervø as the first person flew over Copenhagen, and Robert Svendsen flew across Øresund, back in the summer of 1910, the Danes were cheering. Therefore, it also brought a great deal of sorrow to all, when a Danish aviator lost his life in a plane crash.

On land and into the air

Our unique collection of cars represents the Danish history of motor vehicles. For instance, you can experience the Hammel Car from 1888, the first automobile of the Royal Danish Family (a Landaulet model 1906 by Delauney-Belleville), a Volkswagen Beetle from 1948, a Volvo PV 444 from 1947, an Alfa Dana racing car from 1958, some of the first Danish electric cars and many more. The bicycle collection consists of more than 125 bicycles. This includes one-, two- and three-wheeled bicycles for adults and children. Beyond that, different kinds of bicycle equipment are displayed, such as lights, pumps, puncture repair kits, locks, trailers etc. The collection is representative of the development of cycling in Denmark and gives you a look at the ordinary bicycles, but also the more peculiar rides.

The museum also houses a large collection of planes. There are old propeller planes, helicopters, gliders, private aircrafts, passenger planes and many former planes of Defence Command Denmark. Many gems are also preserved at the museum. Besides Ellehammer's first plane, you can also discover Maagen 2 (Donnet Lévêque seaplane), one of the first DC-3 aircrafts and the beautiful passenger jet plane The Caravelle. In the collection of fighter’s aircraft, you can explore the American Starfighter (where you can sit behind the stick), the English Gloster Meteor and the Swedish Draken.

100 years of Danish inventions

In the museum's exhibition with Danish patents you can experience some of the prototypes that inventors have sent to the Danish Patent and Trademark Office, and for which they were granted a patent. The collection both contains prototypes that later became worldwide industrial successes and the happy amateur's attempts to realize a dream about receiving acknowledgement for their more or less brilliant ideas. In the exhibition you can, among other things, see successful inventions such as the original LEGO bricks from 1958, Le klint's folded lampshade and Hartmanns' egg trays. Prototypes that was never really noticed in world history are also displayed – e.g. an eel head amputation machine, fishing lures and odd systems for controlling an Atlantic steamer.

Home sweet home

The exhibition tells the story about the arrival of technology in the homes, spare time and private life. It's about how radio and television brought the whole world into the living rooms where everybody gathered around the magic screen. Later everybody sought privacy in separate rooms with their own computers and favorite tv show. The exhibition also shows how technological everyday miracles such as the vacuum cleaner, electric cooker and the electric washing machine have relieved us from a lot of hard work, but which have also set new standards for a clean indoor environment and for how efficient we can be.

The exhibition gives you the opportunity to look at these marvelous objects with both amusement and nostalgia. Many of the objects in this exhibition were once indispensable aids but have been discarded for new technology and placed in attics or thrown to the scrapyard. You can also see funny old commercials and find surprises in the exhibition's super modern kitchen from 1962. When it's time for a rest, you can put your feet up in the 60's living room and watch a new years’ special from 1964 on the living room's television cabinet.

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